Ten Tips for Healthy Summer Feet

5 Jul, 2017

Summer...That carefree time of picnics, pools,and outdoor festivals—will be a lot more fun if your feet aren’t hurting!   Here are 10 tips for keeping your feet problem free this summer: Dont walk barefoot! Your feet can suffer cuts and foreign bodies that can easily become infected. Clean and disinfect spider and ant bites—they can quickly become infected. Wear socks! Bare feet inside of shoes are prime targets for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, blisters and calluses. Keep feet dry by changing socks during the day when necessary. Don’t “pop” blisters—they are a natural barrier to infection. Ignore fashion!

Ingrown Nails Can Become a Big Problem!

5 Jul, 2017

Ingrown toenails are a common and mostly benign foot problem that often occurs in children and teenagers. However, they can become a big problem when parents attempt at-home treatment or “bathroom surgery,” which can worsen the condition and lead to potentially serious complications such as severe pain, infection of the skin or underlying bone and possible deformity of the toe.   Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the nail curve and grow into the soft tissue of the toe.   The most common symptom is swelling and redness in the toes— especially the big toe. Some children

Kids Going Barefoot…a Really Bad Idea!

5 Jul, 2017

It’s a picture of the perfect summer day…children happily eating ice cream cones, wearing shorts and sleeveless t-shirts…and going barefoot. But this scene could be the start of something that may ruin the rest of the summer for one of these kids. When not protected by shoes, feet can suffer a wide variety of injuries while children are enjoying summer activities.   What Can Happen? Puncture wounds are a very common summer injury. Nails, shards of glass, slivers of wood, bits of shell at the seashore, thorns from trees and plants…even carelessly discarded toothpicks or needles can puncture the skin

Go Easy on Treats, and Vigilant on Feet

15 Sep, 2016

Autumn brings lots of tasty temptations like Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and holiday cookies. It also marks National Diabetes Month in November, a good reminder for those with diabetes to watch what they eat and keep their blood sugar under control. People with diabetes also need to check their feet on a daily basis. Small problems, if left untreated, can turn into big problems that require major medical interventions. To prevent this, it’s a good idea for diabetics to get regular checkups at our office. If you have diabetes and feel leg pain at night, or after exercise or

All Toes On Deck

11 Jul, 2016

Hiking, sightseeing, relaxing on the beach— however you spend your vacation, your feet will carry you through it all. Keep these tips in mind to prevent foot predicaments and enjoy fun in the sun with family and friends. Limit walking barefoot, as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and other infections and also increases risk of injury to your feet. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water will not only help with overall health, but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat. Remember to apply

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Which Running Shoe is Right For You?

14 Feb, 2016

One of the first steps to healthy running is wearing supportive running shoes. Neglecting to wear proper footwear can lead to a variety of foot problems that can cause injury and impede performance. Feet are generally categorized into three types: low/flat arch, normal arch, and high arch. Look below to see which type of running shoe fits your foot type.  Info tips courtesy of http://www.apma.org/

Runners: Fit Feet Finish Faster

13 Feb, 2016

Both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by keeping their feet in top condition and taking steps to control foot problems common in runners, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. "The human foot is a biological masterpiece that amazingly endures the stresses of daily activity," said Marybeth Crane, DPM, FACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. "For runners, the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body, and these athletes should be on the alert for signs of foot problems that can slow them

Imagine Walking in Life Without Aches & Pains…

1 Jan, 2016

The pain that keeps you from moving, the pain that slows you down, that keeps you from doing what you love. Now imagine walking in life without aches and pains. It's time to take back your quality of life.     This information courtesy of hyprocure hyprocure.com

Footwear Matters Infographic

11 Nov, 2015

This information courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association www.APMA.org

HyProCure Can Help

11 Nov, 2015

HyProCure is an FDA cleared, proven solution to misaligned feet and can dramatically reduce, or even eliminate, your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Call us at 604 874 6223 or 1 877 878 3338 to discuss your options. This information courtesy of Hyprocure www.hyprocure.com

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

1 Nov, 2015

What Is Diabetes? Diabetes is the inability to manufacture or properly use insulin, and it impairs the body's ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. The long-term effects of elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can lead to serious damage to the eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and feet. Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 26 million people in the United States and nearly seven million don't even know they have the disease yet. While there is no cure for diabetes, there is hope. With proper diet, exercise, medical care, and careful management at home, a person with diabetes can

Black Toenails

28 Sep, 2015

A black, purple, or brownish discoloration under or involving a toenail is frequently due to trauma to the toe nail, such as when something is dropped on the toe. The color results from a blood clot or bleeding under the nail, and may involve the entire nail or just a small portion of it. This can be very painful when the entire nail is involved, and may need medical attention to relieve the pressure caused by bleeding under the toenail.   Although it is very rare, a more serious cause of black toenails is malignant melanoma. Since early diagnosis and

Parents: Are Your Kids Wearing the Right Shoes?

12 Sep, 2015

Did you know your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months? You need to account for growth when buying shoes. But don’t buy shoes that are too big – oversized shoes cause the foot to slide forward, putting excessive pressure on the toes. A good fit is about a finger’s width from the end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe. Check to see that the toe box flexes easily and the shoe doesn’t bend in the middle of the sole. Don’t let your child choose shoes if they already feel tight and

Parents…Watch Your Children’s Feet!

12 Sep, 2015

After a summer of sandals and bare feet, children are back in shoes for school this fall. Now, more than ever, parents need to watch their children’s feet for any changes that may signal problems. Take a few minutes to watch your child performing everyday activities such as walking, running and playing sports. An irregular gait, frequent stumbling or limping can signal a problem. “Tired” legs, night pains and cramping are also signs to watch for, as is uneven wear on the soles of the shoes.The earlier foot and ankle problems are detected and corrected, the better. This is particularly

The Skinny on Getting Fit in the New Year

12 Jan, 2015

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year to get in shape and shed those extra inches? Each year this resolution spikes attendance at gyms, draws runners, walkers, and bikers to the roads and trails and finds us cleaning the dust from our home workout equipment. “No pain, no gain” may be a motto for most workouts, but “too much too soon” can lead to unwanted pains, such as foot and ankle injuries, thus sabotaging your fitness goals. One of the most common sports injuries is a sprained ankle. If you sprain your ankle, don’t “play through the pain.” Proper treatment and rehabilitation of

Balancing Act: The Wrong Winter Boot Could Lead to Ankle, Foot Injuries

12 Jan, 2015

Ladies, listen up! This winter’s fashionable high-heeled boots put you at risk for slips, falls, and injuries on ice and snow. The season’s popular women’s boots typically feature tall, spiked heels and narrow, pointed toes. These boots can make your feet unstable on snow- and ice-covered surfaces. A stylish low-heeled winter boot is a lot more fashionable than a cast and crutches. We recommend women scuff-up the soles of new boots, or purchase adhesive rubber soles, to provide greater traction. Falls from high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries, depending on how you lose your balance. If

The Facts about Feet – Knowing the truth can keep your feet healthy.

20 Sep, 2014

“Don’t cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way!” Old wives’ tales and myths like that example are fun to laugh at. But there are other myths that are no laughing matter, especially when they involve your health. Some foot care myths are so common we may think they’re fact. Instead, this only causes problems in keeping our feet healthy. Some believe that cutting a notch (a “V”) in an ingrown toenail relieves the pain. Not only does this not relieve the pain, it may actually cause greater problems and discomfort. If you have an ingrown toenail, call our office to

Enjoy Fall Walks

20 Sep, 2014

The cooler fall weather is the perfect time to take walks around the neighborhood, in the woods or a park to soak in the beautiful changing colors. Don’t let foot pain or an injury stop you from enjoying the change of season. Wear appropriate shoes. Walking on uneven terrain can be strenuous on your feet. When taking long hikes in the woods or in the park, a well-constructed hiking boot is best to support your feet, prevent muscle and tendon strain, and help prevent ankle sprain injuries. The right socks can help prevent blisters and fungal infections. If the weather

It’s True! Your Feet Can Hurt Your Back!

20 Sep, 2014

If your lower back has been hurting, and you don’t remember doing anything that would have injured it, the source of your pain could be your feet! Foot pain is something that many folks just try to ignore. After all, don’t everyone’s feet hurt now and then? But if foot pain is something that has been with you for quite awhile, it could be causing problems in your ankles, knees, hips, and even your back. That old song, “the leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone...the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone” tells the whole story. Our bodies are

Tailor’s Bunion – That Big Pain in Your Little Toe

20 Sep, 2014

Is your little toe a major pain? If so, you may have a tailor’s bunion, which is similar to a bunion on your big toe, but not as common. Tailor’s bunion is an enlargement at the end of the little toe’s metatarsal bone—the long bone leading from your foot to each toe. This condition is usually caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot—so if your parents had tailor’s bunions, you may get them, too. Tailor’s bunion got its name centuries ago, when tailors sat cross-legged all day with the outsides of their feet rubbing the ground, causing

Prepare Your Feet for That Fall Hike in the Woods

20 Sep, 2014

As the days become cooler Americans are heading for the mountains, forests and fields for recreation. Hikers, hunters and “leaf peepers” are lacing up their walking shoes and hiking boots to take advantage of all that fall has to offer. Those who enjoy the outdoors aren’t always aware of the beating their feet can take with constant, vigorous hiking on uneven terrain. Walking up and down steep hills and on slippery surfaces puts stress on the muscles and tendons in feet and ankles. But, with a little bit of preparation, you can avoid problems such as heel pain, ankle sprains

Balancing Act: The Wrong Winter Boot Could Lead to Ankle, Foot Injuries

20 Sep, 2014

Ladies, listen up! This winter’s fashionable high-heeled boots put you at risk for slips, falls, and injuries on ice and snow.The season’s popular women’s boots typically feature tall, spiked heels and narrow, pointed toes. These boots can make your feet unstable on snow- and ice-covered surfaces. A stylish low-heeled winter boot is a lot more fashionable than a cast and crutches. We recommend women scuff-up the soles of new boots, or purchase adhesive rubber soles, to provide greater traction. Falls from high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries, depending on how you lose your balance. If your